Marked at Birth – Ana Gobledale, Zambia & UK

Born white
Into privilege and power
No hiding
Birth mark
Marked at birth
Step into access
Step into education
Seen as a full wallet/purse
Walking with a shadow
Of responsibility
Of oppression
Of exploitation
So many wrongs
How many generations must pass
To be free of the burden of the sins of our ancestors?
To be forgiven?
To be accepted?
To be integrated?
To sit at the table, the prodigal returned?
To eat nshima together unphased?
Smiling, laughing
All one in Christ

Evoked by a class entitled ‘History of Christianity in Zambia’ at United Church of Zambia University, Mindolo.